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Big Tent 2017

Children and Youth Programs


Children laughing at Big Tent 2015Big Tent welcomes families and is planning for the participation of children from six months to entering 12th grade.

Children and youth attending Big Tent 2017 get to enjoy a camp experience in a local setting that will nurture them spiritually and physically during four session times. Staff from Mound Ridge Retreat and Mission Center – a Ministry Partner of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery – will engage the kids in community-building challenges to help them learn to work together and live as Christians. They’ll have opportunities to use Washington University’s facilities and playgrounds for ballgames, water games and other outdoor activities. The kids can explore their creativity through art, music, and Bible stories. There’ll be time for rest, books, and movies too.

At meal times and worship, the children will re-join their parents/guardians. For more information on fees and how to register, click here.

Registration and Fees

Advance registration is required, by June 23, 2017

The fee (per child/youth) for these programs is:

For the first child from a family:
     $100 - ages 5 and under
     $220 - ages 6 – 14
     $280 - ages 15-17
For each additional child/youth from the same family—$170

These fees cover the full Big Tent conference, beginning Thursday afternoon, and include lodging for 3 nights (sharing the parents’ suite) and the six meals included in the Big Tent program. There are adjusted fees for those staying fewer or additional nights.

For children/youth attending with parents who are commuting (not staying in the Washington University residence halls) the rates are:
     $100 -  ages 5 and under
     $125 - ages 6 and up


The children and youth programs will operate during the following Big Tent sessions (with up to 15 minutes for drop off and 15 minutes for pick up before and after these times):

Thursday, July 6  
Session 1 (Gathering/Community Building and Plenary I 2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Friday, July 7  
Session 2 (Bible Study and workshops) 8:30 a.m.– noon
Session 3 (Afternoon workshops and Plenary II) 2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 8  
Session 4 (Bible Study and morning workshops) 8:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Parents/guardians may register children for these programs as part of the on-line Big Tent registration process, but there are additional forms to be completed. These will be forwarded to parents/guardians who register children for this program, or contact the G.A. Meeting Service at, or 888-728-7228, ext. 2417.